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U.S. Department of Justice

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Department of Justice
Secretary:Eric Holder
Deputy Secretary:James M. Cole
Annual budget:$31.2 billion (2013)
Total employed:114,347
Year created:1789
Official website:


Executive Departments of the United States

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Chuck HagelJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellEric ShinsekiShaun Donovan
The Department of Justice (DoJ) is a United States executive department formed in 1789 to assist the president and cabinet in matters concerning the law and to prosecute Supreme Court cases for the federal government. Edmund Randolph was the first attorney general appointed by President Washington in 1789.[1] The current attorney general is Eric Holder, who was confirmed by the Senate on February 2, 2009.[2]

The Department of Justice currently employs 114,347 people both in the U.S. and abroad.[3] Among the agencies overseen by the Department are the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons and Interpol Washington.[4]


The Office of the Attorney General was formed under the Judiciary Act of 1789 in order to advise the president on law and to prosecute cases in the Supreme Court.[5] Gradually the Office began adding assistants and hiring private lawyers to handle an increasing number of federal cases until 1870, when Congress enacted An Act to Establish the Department of Justice. The Department became official on July 1, 1870, and covered all criminal prosecutions and civil suits in which the United States had an interest, became the enforcer of all federal laws and created the office of solicitor general.[5] The foundation of the Department is still based on that act, though it has grown into the largest law office and central enforcer of federal laws in the world.[5]



The official Department mission statement is as follows:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.[5]


The attorney general is the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder currently holds the position.

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Organizational chart

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Silk Road

On October 2, 2013, the Justice Department announced the seizure of the black market website, Silk Road, where users coordinated drug trafficking and other illegal activities using digital currency. The criminal complaint listed the total estimated transactions on the website at about $1.2 billion.[6] Ross William Ulbright was arrested as the alleged site owner. According to an FBI spokesperson, "basically he made a simple mistake and we were able to identify him."[7]



Obama administration

U.S. Department of Justice Annual Budget
YearBudget (in billions)% Difference from previous year
  • Note: 2014 only represents the Department's budget request, not an enacted budget.


The Best Places to work in the Federal Government is a website that tracks workforce trends in federal agencies. According to their analysis, from 2005-2011, the Department of Justice has added an average of 1,150 jobs per year.[8]


The Department of Justice's budget was cut by $1.6 billion due to sequestration beginning in March 2013. No furloughs were ordered for civilian employees.[9][10]

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